Dr. Josie Beug's life-long passion has been animals - how they live, think and perceive the world around them, their health and wellness, and the high impact roles they have taken on in our modern society as child-surrogates, emotional-support therapists, best friends and confidants,

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology, with an emphasis in neurobiology and animal behavior in 1989 from the University of Colorado at Boulder, studying animal behavior and animal consciousness with the preeminent thought leader Mark Bekoff, Ph.D.

Upon graduation, she worked for 8 years in the nonprofit animal sheltering field gaining invaluable experience with dogs and cats. Thousands of animals have literally passed through her hands as she examined and cared for them.

While working as a veterinary assistant in 1991, she discovered the first edition of Dr Richard Pitcairn's book, "The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats" and the world of alternative/holistic care for animals opened up for her. She  found her calling. 

Early childhood circumstances influenced her decision. She began using alternative medicine, as it was called back in the 70s and 80s, after she and her parents were injured in an automobile accident. Her mother took her to see the naturopath who cured her allergies to support the healing of a dislocated hip from the accident. She was introduced to colonics, iridology, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture and nutrition from an early age. 

Other early influences include an older sister who was taken in as an apprentice to a traditional Lakota/Mandan medicine man. Summer vacations became filled with sweat lodges and ceremonies, visits to the Rez and the blessing of Sundance when she was not hiking or horseback riding through the Colorado Rockies. She learned a great respect for nature and the creatures, both plant and animal, that are her children. 

She entered veterinary school in 1994 with the full intention of practicing integrative medicine. She was president of the student chapter of the AHVMA for 3 consecutive years, worked as a laboratory technician in the clinical pathology laboratory, and organized a regional Holistic Veterinary Medical conference 3 years in a row. She did all of her externships with founding members of AHVMA. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin in 1998.

Upon graduation she was invited by the veterinary school to teach the Community Practice rotation before heading out to New Mexico to work as a shelter veterinarian in a small town sandwiched between two reservations.  

She became certified in veterinary acupuncture by Chi University in 2001 and promptly started her private holistic house-call practice in South Florida. She continues to learn, study and teach western herbology, Chinese herbology, flower essences, homeopathy, acupuncture, massage, light therapy, Reiki, and energy medicine to keep her private patients happy and healthy. 

You can find her on Facebook, Instagram and is available for private consultations. She now has a private on-line community for anyone who wants to delve deeper into healing, meditation, and nutrition for themselves and their animals at Gateway to Gaia